Arctic Heroes; Facts and Incidents of Srtic Explorations

Arctic Heroes; Facts and Incidents of Srtic Explorations

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... said inquiringly: --"You have lost your ship, sir?" "Yes, we beg you would take us in. What is the name of your vessel?" "The 'Isabella, ' once commanded by Captain Ross." "I am that Captain Ross, and these men are the crew of the Victory.'" "Impossible!" was the quick reply. "Captain Ross has been dead these two years!" But Ross was satisfied that he had the best information on this point, and it was not difficult to satisfy the mate and his captain of the fact. When the facts were known on board the "Isabella" she received her old commander with a tumult of joy. When all were on board there followed a scene, says Captain Ross, so ludicrous that it drove for the moment all serious thoughts away. All were in a frame of mind to be amused: "Every man was hungry and was to be fed; all were ragged and were to be clothed; there was not one to whom washing was not indispensable, nor one whose beard did not deprive him of all human semblance. All was to be done at once: it was shaving, washing, dressing, eating, all intermingled; it was all the materials of each jumbled together, while in the midst of all there were interminable questions to be asked and answered on both sides--the adventures of the 'Victory/ our own escapes, the politics of England, and the news, now to us four years old." But night came, and all was comparatively quiet: The sick had been cared for, the hungry fed, the ragged clothed, the unwashed cleansed, and, of course, all---and. they were many--of the desponding among the explorers comforted. The rescued tried t'o sleep, but the beds were too warm and comfortable. Ross says of himself that he had to leave his berth for a harder place before he could...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236565177
  • 9781236565174